The Bartered Bride - Prodana nevesta: Performance Guide with Translations and Pronunciation

The Bartered Bride - Prodana nevesta: Performance Guide with Translations and Pronunciation


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Bedrich Smetana's comic opera Prodaná nevesta/The Bartered Bride is cherished as the Czech national opera and is the most popular Czech opera in the world. As performances in English-speaking countries have moved from German to English back to the original Czech, The Bartered Bride - Prodaná nevesta: Performance Guide with Translations and Pronunciation fills the need for an accessible, detailed guide to singing the work in Czech, as well as being valuable for those wishing to make or improve on an English singing translation. Timothy Cheek provides idiomatic and word-for-word translations of the complete libretto for The Bartered Bride, including the International Phonetic Alphabet for Czech pronunciation, as well as translations of stage and musical directions. In addition, he offers an extensive performance history, a synopsis of the opera, general musical comments, a discussion of the roles, notes on the dances and choreographers, and an overview of Czech pronunciation and inflection. Appendixes list the Czech editions and English singing translations of the opera, as well as recordings on LP, CD, DVD, and film. With a sampling of historical and recent photos from opera productions, this guide is indispensable for singers and coaches, conductors and stage directors, and amateurs and professionals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810872608
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/30/2009
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A leading expert on Czech vocal music, Timothy Cheek is pianist, vocal coach, and associate professor of performing arts at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance in Ann Arbor. He is the author of Singing in Czech: A Guide to Czech Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire (2001) and The Janácek Opera Libretti, volumes I (2003) and II (2004), all published by Scarecrow Press.

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